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Travel and Tourism (with option to study languages) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop your career in the Travel and Tourism Industry. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to provide high-quality customer service and enhance your own employability.

The course lasts two years starting in August, but you can also leave after one year with an HNC Travel and Tourism.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above (such as  English, Modern Studies, Languages, Business Management, Geography or History) AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited to attend a course presentation where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:-

Year 1

  • Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry.
  • Preparation for Employment in Travel & Tourism.
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care.
  • Applying Marketing Principles in Travel and Tourism.
  • Graded Unit.
  • International Tourist Destinations.
  • Retail Travel Practice.
  • Option of Language OR Air Travel then Airline and Airport Operations.

Year 2

  • Influences on the Travel and Tourism Industry.
  • Planning and Sustainable Development in Travel and Tourism.
  • Tour Operations.
  • Economics: The World Economy.
  • Business Travel Operations.
  • Graded Unit.
  • Option of Language OR Providing Information on the Scottish Tourism Product then Working as Senior Cabin Crew.

If the language option is chosen, you may study French, German, Italian or Spanish however, you cannot study the same language for two years. 

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in travel and tourism with:

  • National Tourist Organisations.
  • Travel Management Companies.
  • Visitor Centres/Attractions.
  • Tour Operators.
  • Travel Agents.
  • Airlines.
  • Airport Ground Handling.
  • Foreign Exchange Services.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of the course, you have the option of applying for the BA (Hons) International Events and Tourism Management Pathways course. The Pathways course is delivered over four years, the first two of which you spend at college. On successful completion of your HND Travel & Tourism (achieving at least one A and one B in your Graded Units), you will be able to progress onto third year at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

For more details (including the entry requirements and how to apply) please click here.

Other study options include:-

  • Year three of BA Tourism Management at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Other BA (Hons) courses at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Strathclyde, University of Abertay and the University of the West of Scotland.


How the course is taught

The course will be taught using a variety of different teaching methods such as

  • Lectures.
  • Group work.
  • Industry Visits.
  • Guest Speakers.
  • Independent and Self Directed Study.
  • Role play.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on an on-going basis using a variety of methods such as:
  • Presentations.
  • Closed Book assessments.
  • Reports.
  • Investigations.
  • Role Play.

Additional Information

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  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome